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>> pelley: tonight, 13 people gunned down northbound a city park. kids and spectators at a kids and spectators at a basketball game are shot in a violent night in chicago. >> illegal guns. illegal guns drive violence. >> pelley: dean reynolds is there. the house votes to effectively kill obamacare. nancy cordes looks at what comes next. >> let's go! first one! >> pelley: it's a new record. sales of a video game hit a billion dollars in three days. elaine quijano on a sign of the times. and "on the road" with steve hartman. >> he's got a special magic about him. >> pelley: there's magic in melvin pickens' bristles, sweeping up the heart of little rock. >> you just can hardly turn him down. just can
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captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. ning sponsored b >> pelley: good evening. the week is ending the way it began-- with a mass shooting. this time the scene was chicago. the police say suspected gang members opened fire at a park late last night with a semiautomatic rifle. here, a neighbor, alejandro quebada took cover. when the shooting was over, 13 people were wounded, including a three-year-old boy. fortunately, amazingly, no one died. the police are searching for the gunmen. and this was just one of a number of shootings overnight in chicago which has been fighting an epidemic of gun violence. in all, the "chicago tribune" reports 23 people were shot last night, three of them died. dean reynolds is in chicago. >> reporter: neighbors had gathered in a city park to watch a late-night basketball game when gunfire sent them running
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for their lives. >> reporter: police said it was >> reporter: police said it was a miracle no one was killed. among the wounded: three-year- old deonte howard, shot in the head but expected to recover. kay len jordan is his aunt. >> he's doing fine. he's healthy. he's breathing on his own. there's nothing wrong with him. the bullet didn't hit his brain, it just hit his cheek. >> reporter: children on bikes, scooters, or just riding in cars with their parents have been shot this year. 18 of them-- 15 years old or younger-- were killed. and three of them were under six. others have had to witness bloodshed close up. deonte's uncle was shot to death here just two weeks ago. is there a danger that people are becoming used to this? >> yeah, people are becoming
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kind of used to the violence because it's happened so much and unexpectedly. >> reporter: d'angelo boyd is an antiviolence activist here. >> it's not get no better in the community because nobody is not standing up and sticking together, standing for what's right. >> reporter: the southwest side neighborhood has been under siege from heavily armed gangs for years. chicago police superintendent gary mccarthy. >> illegal guns. illegal guns drive violence. and military-type weapons like the one we believe to have been used in this shooting belong on the battlefield not on a street or in a corner or in a park in the back of the yards. >> reporter: with more cops on the street using detailed block- by-block intelligence, chicago's rate of gun violence is actually down 23% this year. and last june we talked to mccarthy about that. do you have a sense of confidence that i won't be back here in another three months talking about the bloody summer we've just gone through?
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>> my expectation is while there's going to be violence we will be reducing it. we're making progress. that's why i say all the time progress not victory. >> reporter: chicago mayor rahm emanuel has promised that those responsible for the shooting here last night in this park will be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. but, scott, we learned late this afternoon that two more people have been shot in chicago, including a 15-year-old boy, and he died. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago for us tonight. dean, that you can very much. as dean just reported, despite what has happened over the past 24 hours, chicago is making progress against gun violence. have a look at these numbers: there have been 305 homicides so far this year. at this pace, there would be 395 by year's end and that would be the fewest in nearly 50 years, since 1964. now, on to washington. in just ten days the federal
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government will be out of money to do many of the things that it does. today the republican-led house passed a funding bill but it has no chance of passing in the senate controlled by the democrats. that's because the bill would cut off all the money for obamacare. nancy cordes is on capitol hill tonight. nancy, what happens now? >> reporter: well, now, scott, the senate will likely try to strip out that measure defunding obamacare from the bill and send it back to the house. at that point, we will be very close to the deadline and house republicans will have to decide how far they want to take this fight. (cheers and applause) house speaker john boehner held a pep rally of sorts today urging skeptical senate republicans to pick up the baton from their house counterparts. >> our message to the united states senate is real simple: the american people don't want the government shut down and they don't want obamacare. (cheers and applause)
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>> the joint resolution is passed. >> reporter: it came after every house republican but one voted for the bill which was championed by house conservatives like louisiana's john fleming. >> all we need a couple democrats over in the senate, maybe three or four even and we'll sit it on the president's desk and be ready to go. >> reporter: but the leader of senate democrats, harry reid, has already made it clear there will be no defections on his side. >> any bill that defunds obamacare is dead, dead. it's a waste of time, as i've said before. >> reporter: if congress fails to fund the government by october 1 national parks, museums, and monuments will close. essential government employees like air traffic controllers and u.s. troops will have to work temporarily without pay while workers considered nonessential will be furloughed, causing delays on services ranging from i.r.s. refunds to passport processing. >> this place is a mess. >> reporter: house democratic leader nancy pelosi argue
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advocate republicans aren't just courting a shutdown, they're trying to deprive millions of americans of affordable health insurance. >> either you don't know what you are doing or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality that you have cooked up with stiff competition for that honor. >> reporter: but house republicans say they're being deluged by complaints from their constituents about the president's health care law, about being kicked off of their company health care plan. and they see this, scott, as their best chance to fight the law before those public health care exchanges go into effect for patients in just ten days. >> pelley: thanks, nancy. so how did the president react to this? well, here's what he said today in missouri. >> i mean, i don't mind them disagreeing with me. they don't like the affordable care act, they'd rather have people not have health insurance? you know, i'm happy to have that debate with them. but you don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up because you don't get your way! (laughter) >> pelley: the president may have more luck getting his way with iran.
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in an opinion piece in the "washington post" today, the new iranian president seemed to say that he was willing to scale back iran's nuclear ambitions. both he and mr. obama will be in new york next week for the u.n. general assembly. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, the white house read the iranian president's words carefully and said they were consistent with iran's new efforts towards moderation and new tone. but tone is not enough for president obama. top advisors said iran must take concrete steps to end its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons. hasan rouhani was elected in june in a popular backlash against a failing economy against then president mahmoud ahmadinejad. mindful of ahmadinejad's reputation for anti-western rhetoric, rouhani used his op-ed to argue he will bring a new attitude to the united nations next week.
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the threat is an iran with a nuclear weapon. to prevent that, the united nations imposed tough economic sanctions that have cut iran's oil revenues in half and triggered double-digit unemployment. the white house believes rouhani's own words suggest iran is seeking an economic lifeline. lif president obama took the first diplomatic step, writing rouhani a letter of congratulations after the iranian election. rouhani wrote back a short time later. the white house will now not rule out a face-to-face meeting next week at the united nations. iran says its nuclear program is all about peaceful electric power, but international inspectors contend iran has technology that goes far beyond that and could produce a nuclear weapon. until iran gives that technology up or allows inspectors unlimited access to it, the white house, scott, will take note of iran's new language but remain suspicious of its
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motives. >> pelley: thanks, major. the president would probably be happy tonight to hear that it appears syria has met the first deadline set out in that deal to head off a u.s. military strike. you'll recall mr. obama threatened to punish the syrian dictatorship for this nerve gas attack, part of a war against a popular rebellion. the u.s. says more than 1,400 civilians were killed. the deal, worked out last week by russia and the united states, requires syria to give up its chemical arsenal and today on schedule syria submitted an inventory of its weapons to the world organization that polices them. it's still checking to see if that inventory is complete. southern mexico is reeling from some of the worst flooding in years. entire towns were buried in mud when a hurricane and a tropical storm converged this week. at least 100 were killed, 68 are still missing in the mountains north of acapulco.
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supplies were airlifted to isolated villages today and for some it was the first food they had seen in days. the flood damage in colorado spans 2,000 square miles. roads are gone, houses destroyed. 84 people are unaccounted for. seven have been confirmed dead, including one in lyons, colorado, a town that may have seen the worst of this week's torrent. anna werner is there. >> reporter: the water that rushed through lyons might have claimed many more lives were it not for dan farber's obsession. >> so you have two rivers that have flooded in the past come together right here downtown lyons and to me that was very concerning. >> reporter: mountain runoff from 225 square miles collects right here, but lyons did not have a flood warning system. barber was the county sheriff sergeant assigned to the town. he spent years trying to convince town leaders to spend $25,000 on new warning sirens.
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>> i made a three-foot by three- foot cookie dough map by overlaying cookie dough as mountains and ridges and valleys over the town map and showed them that this is how the water's going to flow and how it will cut off certain parts of town and they got it and that's exactly what happened. >> reporter: the sirens were installed in 2008. on thursday, they woke up tammy grabowski's family. >> knew the sound, few something was going on, was alerted immediately. >> reporter: nicholas angelo was former mayor of lyons. >> i know there were so many people that got to get out because of that, but that system saved between 200 and 300 lives probably. >> reporter: one of the deputies texted me that my cookie dough map was spot on. >> reporter: a map that even his wife thought was ridiculous. >> she laughed at me.
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as well as many people did. they're not laughing anymore. >> reporter: here in lyons you can see that the river is still moving fast. scott, last week this river swelled to over 900 feet wide and it was well over my head. >> pelley: anna werner covering the flood for us all week. anna, thank you very much. tonight the chairman of the house veterans affairs committee is calling for immediate action after a cbs news investigation that we brought you right here last night. jim axelrod's story showed that many returning war veterans are receiving lethal amounts of pain medication from v.a. hospitals. in that story, we met heather mcdonald, who said she found the body of her husband scott after he followed directions for taking a series of prescribed drugs. >> he never should have been taking those many pills, but he trusted his doctors. my husband served honorably with pride and dignity-- not to come
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home and die on the couch. >> pelley: after seeing our report last night, house veterans affairs committee chairman jeff miller said today that the v.a.'s approach to pain management is in dire need of an overhaul. he said his committee will hold hearings to fix the problems and hold those responsible to account. jim axelrod's investigative report can be found at cbsnews.com. a video game has just set a record for sales. and anything he could do, she could do better. we'll remember the battle of the sexes when the "cbs evening news" continues. so i talked with my doctor. he prescribed enbrel. enbrel is clinically proven to provide clearer skin. many people saw 75% clearance in 3 months. and enbrel helped keep skin clearer at 6 months.
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you're all these characters who are just insane criminals who rob banks and steal cars, it's just like a fun experience and it gives you a rush. >> i'm here for grand theft auto v! >> yeah! >> reporter: on tuesday, fans lined up for a chance to be among the first to plop down $60 for the game which did $800 million in worldwide sales its first day. >> let's go! first one! >> reporter: today there were no signs momentum was slowing at the manhattan game stop where we ran into theresa roe tune doe. he bought the game for her 13 and 17-year-old sons. >> i want them to know i don't like it but i guess i do let them play because all their friends are playing. >> reporter: naomi barnett bought it for herself. she's not put off by the game's depiction of women, often as prostitutes or strippers. >> i think it's just a game to have fun with just to play and that's it. for me at least it is. >> reporter: grand theft auto v has made twice as much as the last "harry potter" movie did in
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its opening weekend. that film holds the record for the best box office opening ever. >> yes! whoo! >> reporter: but critics have complained about the violence, including a torture scene. officials with take two interactive software, the company behind the video game, declined to comment on criticisms of it. scott, sales could jump even higher if the company releases a version for new play consoles coming out in november. >> pelley: elaine, thanks. well, speaking of a billion, blackberry once dominated the smart phone market and then the iphone came along. well, today blackberry said it expects to report a second- quarter loss of nearly $1 billion and it will lay off 4,500 workers. the pope wants a more welcoming church, but he made clear today he's not changing his position on one very divisive issue. that story is next. that story is next. now there's big newsladie,
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>> pelley: we told you last night that pope francis believes that the church has been talking too much about divisive issues such as abortion. but if anybody thought he was signaling a change in the church's position, the pope urged an audience of doctors today in the strongest terms not to perform abortions. he said that every child who is unjustly condemned to be aborted has the face of jesus christ. in the america's cup, team u.s.a. sailed to victory today on san francisco bay, easily defeating team new zealand. but the americans still trail
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around businesses in little rock, arkansas, the owners and his customers to buy one of his brooms. >> could you use a broom today? >> i'm sure we could! >> $10 brooms. >> reporter: that's all he sells. how many years have you been doing this? >> i'd say about 20 or 25 years. >> reporter: no. >> well i'm just estimating. >> reporter: you're way off. i hear you've been doing this 63 years. >> hard to say, i've been doing it so long. >> reporter: melvin started selling brooms around 1960, worked six days a week to support his wife and four children. his wife has since died and the kids are grown but that work ethic will not go away. >> thank god for you! >> reporter: some people say he's the best salesman they've ever seen. >> he's got a special magic about him. >> and then his persistence. >> he has 10 or 15 on his shoulder. >> you can hardly turn him down. >> reporter: clearly. not that people don't try to say no.
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>> i've already got one, but i may need one next week. >> reporter: they just rarely get away with it. >> you ought to just buy today because i might not see you next week. >> reporter: sale closed. >> i don't think you can approach him and not buy one. >> she got one, he got one. at this point, little rock has got to be one of the best-swept cities in america. >> two all together. >> reporter: or maybe just one of the kindest. >> thank you so much! >> reporter: or maybe people here simply like having him around as a living example. >> you can't quit! a quitter never wins and a winner never quits, you know? >> reporter: steve hartman -- >> did i ask you did you want a buy a broom? >> reporter: how am i going to get a broom on an airplane? >> well, i don't know about that. >> pelley: that's a clean sweep for the "cbs evening news" tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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the agency acknowledging an uphill battle... alrea >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. it's always something broken. >> it's the other product problem for bart. the agency acknowledging an uphill battle already frustrating thousands of riders. you might call it an escalating problem with bart. nothing to do with the strike. kpix 5's brian webb on the more pressing issue that's tripping up commuters. >> reporter: bart officials admit they are always dealing with broken escalators. today the number is 8. they have a team of people working on them night and day and you won't believe some of the things they have found. >> this is an elevator update from bart. there two rel >> reporter: you don't have to
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travel far to find an escalator on the fritz. >> they are broken sometimes. >> here and there. >> it just feels like, you know, that it's always something broken. >> reporter: here are pictures from this morning a line of commuters funneling past a broken escalator past the montgomery station and this one frozen this time at embarcadero. that's where we met janice, who says she was injured when a moving escalator suddenly decided to stop. >> a jolting halt, i hurt my hand. >> reporter: keeping them running is a dirty job. someone has to do it. his name is jim. >> overall wear and tear. >> reporter: from breakdowns to monthly maintenance, jim does it all and he has seen it all. good, bad, does gusting. >> normal wear is one thing. >> reporter: when the discriminates are down they
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